Mountmellick woman ‘got spooked’ by garda detective and drove over the limit

A Mountmellick woman who drove with alcohol in her system after she “got spooked” when a garda detective pulled up her beside her was last week disqualified from driving for two years.

A Mountmellick woman who drove with alcohol in her system after she “got spooked” when a garda detective pulled up her beside her was last week disqualified from driving for two years.

Bridget Carroll (59), 34 Patterson Estate, Mountmellick, was charged with exceeding the alcohol limit at a location in Laois on January 24 this year.

Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence that she was detected with 51mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath. She had no previous convictions.

Defence, Mr Philip Meagher said the incident had happened on the third anniversary of the death of her husband. She was at a function on the night and returned home, and was in the process of going into her mother’s house in a distressed state when a passing detective saw her and stopped to check on her.

Carroll then got into her own car to try to settle herself, Mr Meagher said, and the detective pulled up beside her.

“In her distressed state she didn’t realise it was the same detective and got spooked,” said Mr Meagher, saying that she drove off and saw a car following her. The detective called ahead to the garda station and a fellow garda stopped Carroll by stepping out on the road.

Carroll was fined €300 and disqualified from driving for two years, with the driving disqualification postponed until October 22.